Category Archives: E-Specials

Produttori Rising: 2012 Produttori del Barbaresco!!

2012 PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO Barbaresco
$34.95 bottle/ $188.00 half-case/ $330.00 case

The Produttori co-op is unquestionably one of Italy’s greatest wine producers. Year after year they are absolute benchmarks of quality in Barbaresco. Adding to the allure of this 2012 is that in this vintage that they decided that the Riserva wines, of which they produce eight or so single-vineyard bottlings, weren’t up to their usual…

Big Time Bandol: 2011 Domaine du Gros Noré Rouge

Domaine du Gros Noré Bandol
$41.95 bottle/ $226.00 half-case/ $402.00 case

This is without question one of my Top 5 Wine I tasted in 2016. Absolutely profound in every way with its intensely dark color, its ripe, incredibly layered fruit, the truckloads of complexity and character that only the very best Bandol can deliver Just a stunning achievement. Yes, it’s incredible now, but this beauty can…

Ravishing Rioja: 2012 Palacios Remondo Montesa

2012 PALACIOS REMONDO Rioja "La Montesa"
$17.95 bottle/ $172.00 case

For whatever reason I hadn’t had this current release of one our favorite Riojas from past vintages, and when I recently had it with my rep I was kicking myself. This is a stunner! A beautiful Rioja for current consumption that will easily go on for several years. I’ll let the following review throw the…

Eric Solomon’s European Selections: Lafage and Espelt!!

Long time readers may have noticed a few times in the past we’ve featured wines from super importer Eric Solomon, whose French and Spanish imports under his European Selections brand are some of most value-laden wines coming off the continent. He works mainly with small family producers who farm their old vine vineyards, usually higher…

Rhone Revelation: 2014 Chateau Pesquie

2014 CHATEAU PESQUIE Ventoux "Terrasses"
$17.95 bottle/ $172.00 case

There are so many reasons to be enchanted by France’s Rhone Valley. Beautiful countryside, incredibly charming villages, the food, and, obviously, the fabulous wine! Every time I taste a wine like this stunning ’14 Pesquie I am immediately transported to a sunny sidewalk café, with plates of saucisson and maybe a bit of foie gras…

Un Autre UN AUTRE MONDE!!

n/v UN AUTRE MONDE Pinot Noir
$13.95 bottle/ $132.00 case

That’s right, a new version of our best selling wine ever, Ver. 2.0 if you will, is out and once again something you HAVE to take advantage of. The latest release of the n/v (non-vintage) AUTRE MONDE Pinot Noir is here, and once again it is hands down a remarkable value in Oregon pinot noir,…

Mont Gras “Antu” Syrah: as good as it gets!

2012 MONT GRAS "Antu" Syrah
$19.95 bottle/ $192.00 case

When we carried the previous locally available release of this Chilean beauty, the 2009 “Antu” Syrah, I wrote that it was one of, if not the, best South American Syrahs I’ve had. At any price. Any cheaper and they tend to be flabby fruit bombs; any more and all you taste is vanilla from the…

Casa Contini’s Sublime Salento!

2013 CASA CONTINI Salento Rosso “Verso” $14.95 bottle/ $144.00 case You want to know what grapes that have ripened to perfection in the warm southern Italian sun taste like? Pop the cork on this deep, resonant rosso, pour a glass, take a sip and close your eyes. Intellectual transport to the Apulia region in the…